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A Bad Deal: Budget Agreement Advances School Vouchers, Trashes Church-State Separation

The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a shutdown of the federal government has been the talk of the nation. Pundits are going over the agreement with a microscope, listing the winners and losers.

We already know one loser: religious liberty. Read more

D.C. School Vouchers: President Obama Urges House To Vote No

In a few hours, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to reauthorize a taxpayer-funded school voucher program.

Americans United has been working diligently to put a stop to H.R. 471, a measure introduced by House Speaker John Boehner that would allot $100 million over the next five years to restart and expand the failed voucher “experiment” in the District of Columbia. Read more

Public Funds For Fred Phelps?: Voucher Dollars Could Go To Religious Schools That Teach Hate

When it comes to school vouchers, Indiana State Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) seems to get it.

The Republican lawmaker doesn’t want to support an Indiana bill that would use public funds to send students to religious and other private schools. Steele is the first Republican legislator in the state to voice opposition to the proposal. Read more

Voucher Revival?: ‘School Choice’ Proponents Are Targeting New Congress

The polls have been closed for less than 48 hours, and proponents of religious school voucher subsidies are already on the march.

D.C. Parents for School Choice issued a statement yesterday claiming that Tuesday’s election results will increase the chances of continuing a District of Columbia program that funnels federal taxpayer dollars to religious education. Read more

Heritage Of Shame: Right-Wing Foundation Exploits Poor D.C. Kids

Every morning, I pass through Union Station, a majestic restored train station, on my way to work at Americans United.

Union Station contains a stop for the Washington, D.C., subway, the Metro. Lately, I’ve noticed huge posters plastered all over the station walls. They depict pictures of smiling (mostly minority) children demanding to know why Congress won’t give them “scholarships” to attend private schools. Read more

Low Post: Newspaper Shoots And Misses On School Vouchers – Again!

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I- Conn.) can definitely count on The Washington Post to lend a hand when it comes to his crusade for school vouchers in the District of Columbia.

Today, the Post added to the seemingly endless stream of editorials it has already published in support of the D.C. voucher program, which uses federal funds to pay for tuition at religious and other private schools. Read more

The (Mis)education Of Sen. Lieberman: Why The Senate Must Reject The D.C. Voucher Expansion

The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.

A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away from the floor. Republicans held the vote open for more than 40 minutes to gather the necessary votes. It later cleared the Senate only as a result of a procedural move. Read more

Voucher Volley: D.C. Newspaper Continues To Push Failed School-Aid Plan

The Washington Post yesterday added to its long list of editorials and columns in support of Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher plan.

The newspaper seems to have an obsession with keeping the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program alive, despite knowing that the program has shown no improvement in student performance, lacks accountability, hurts public schools and subsidizes religious education with taxpayer funds. Read more

School Voucher Victory: Congressional Package Limits, Regulates D.C. Private School Aid

It's always nice when we can end the week on a high note. News reports indicate that Congress seems to be on board with adding new regulations to the school voucher scheme in the District of Columbia and eventually closing it entirely. Read more

Capital Opportunity: House Panel Should Defund D.C. Voucher Scheme

A House Appropriations subcommittee voted yesterday to extend funding for another year to a school voucher program in the District of Columbia, despite  two consecutive  reports from  the U.S. Department of Education    that showed little to no improvement in the academic performance of students receiving the vouchers. Read more